Edwards shoots down Speid's call

January 23, 2018
Cavalier head coach Rudolph Speid
Former national Under-17 head coach Andrew Edwards

Cavalier's Rudolph Speid has questioned the omission of defender Jamoi Topey from the list of invitees announced for the Reggae Boyz' friendly match against South Korea in Turkey next Tuesday.

Speid, Cavalier's coach and former president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association, described Topey as "the best central defender in the country" and ready to take his place in the Jamaica senior team.

"He has always been a national. He was national Under-15, national Under-17, national Under-20 player. He came right through the system," Speid pointed out.

"He is ready but he can always improve. There is nobody better than him. Just look around the league. He passes better than everybody, he heads well, he tackles and intercepts well. He really has it all."

However, national Under-17 coach and analyst Andrew Edwards, who coached Topey at that level, didn't altogether agree with Speid.

"I am not sure he is ready for the senior national but he is very close. I believe he has all the qualities to become a top notch defender for the country," he said

"I have not seen him play in the league yet, but I am not surprised by a comment like that. The last time I did a Monday Night live game with Cavalier, Topey didn't play. I made the point that he should be playing as he would serve the team very well."




Speid, however, is adamant that the former Camperdown High defender is playing with maturity and confidence in the Premier League.

"For an 18-year-old, he has no weakness as a defender. His temperament is excellent for an 18-year-old and I don't think he needs to work on anything. He really has it all but he can only improve," he said.

Meanwhile, Topey told STAR Sports, coming out of the schoolboy Manning Cup and into the Premier League, his aim was to limit the number of mistakes he makes. So far, he is pleased with how well he has done.

"Coming out of Manning Cup, my focus was to come into the Premier League and continue to do what big players do. As a youngster, playing in the backline, I try to limit my mistakes. I am doing well, so far," he said.

Topey aspires to play professional overseas or to obtain a scholarship. Based on his display in the Premier League, he believes he is on the right path..

"I play every position, so anywhere a coach puts me I can play there, but I am okay playing central or right centre-back," he said.

"I am just trying to do my best to get a scholarship or contract overseas. I believe I can, if I continue to keep my focus and work hard."

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